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Valentine Typewriter And Case, ca. 1969

This is a Typewriter and case. It was designed by Perry A. King and Ettore Sottsass, Jr. and manufactured by Ing. C. Olivetti & C. S.p.A.. It is dated ca. 1969 and we acquired it in 1986. Its medium is molded abs plastic, metal, rubber. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Intended by Sottsass, a designer and architect, to be the “antimachine machine,” the Valentine made a vivid statement in a market dominated by somber appliances. The bright red plastic casing brought emotion to the typewriter, differentiating it from business machines and inspiring the literary crowd.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Weekends With My Valentine.

This object was donated by Patricia Pastor and Barry Friedman. It is credited Gift of Barry Friedman and Patricia Pastor.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (a): 10.3 x 33 x 34 cm (4 1/16 in. x 13 in. x 13 3/8 in.) H x W x D (a, b: with case): 11.5 x 34.5 x 35.5 cm (4 1/2 in. x 13 9/16 in. x 14 in.)

It has the following markings

On top "made in Olivetti plant/Barcelona - Spain."

Cite this object as

Valentine Typewriter And Case, ca. 1969; Designed by Ettore Sottsass, Jr. and Perry A. King; Italy; molded abs plastic, metal, rubber; H x W x D (a): 10.3 x 33 x 34 cm (4 1/16 in. x 13 in. x 13 3/8 in.) H x W x D (a, b: with case): 11.5 x 34.5 x 35.5 cm (4 1/2 in. x 13 9/16 in. x 14 in.); 1986-99-40-a,b

We have 1 video that features Valentine Typewriter And Case, ca. 1969.

Collections in Motion: Valentine Typewriter

Senior objects conservator Annie Hall opens up the case for the iconic Valentine typewriter, replaces the ribbon, and types a short message. This is a study object, not the same typewriter housed...

In addition to Making Design, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection.

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